Title Asterix the Gladiator (1964)
Category Asterix Comics
Mangaka Goscinny and Uderzo
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Plot summary

Prefect Odius Asparagus wants one of the indomitable Gauls as a present for Julius Caesar, so his men capture Cacofonix the bard. By the time the other Gauls know he is gone, he is on his way to Rome. But Asterix and Obelix are hot on his heels, taking ship with Ekonomikrisis the Phoenician merchant.

Highly unimpressed by his present, Caesar decides to throw the bard to the lions. Asterix and Obelix enlist as gladiators in order to rescue him, and, in the course of their training, teach their colleagues some interesting tricks. The next Games in Circus Maximus turn out to be the most unusual yet…

This book is noteworthy in the Asterix series as the first in which Obelix says his famous catchphrase “These Romans Are Crazy”!

An audiobook of Asterix the Gladiator adapted by Anthea Bell and narrated by Willie Rushton was released on EMI Records Listen for Pleasure label in 1988.

Introducing

  • Geriatrix (unnamed) – Obelix asks him to run his menhir delivery service while he is away. His feisty personality was not shown at this time, neither was the fact he is married.
  • Ekonomikrisis – Provides transport to and from Rome
  • Brutus – Featuring an amusingly ironic exchange with Julius Caesar at the circus.
  • The Pirates – parodying French comic “Barbe-Rouge” which was also serialized in Pilote at the time.
  • Obelix’ helmet game – for the first time he collects helmets from the Romans he bashes, trying to outdo Asterix (who never has much interest in it).

(This is one of the only banquets that is held in the day.)

Film adaptation

This story was blended with Asterix the Legionary for the animated movie Asterix Versus Caesar.

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